To beach enthusiasts both local and foreign, the name Polzeath sets off wide-eyed excitement. Although, officially, Polzeath is a small village in Cornwall, it possesses and exquisite beach that seemed to be practically designed for beach holiday lovers, and surfers. Due to this natural splendor, it is unsurprising that there is a constant stream of visitors moving in and out of the village, and spending large swathes of their time either on the sand or in the water.
Tragically, travel to Polzeath is not as simple as simply taking the next plane, mostly because there are no airports too nearby. As far as train is concerned, the nearest mainline train station is Bodmin Parkway, however even that is a good forty minute bus ride away or thereabouts. Of course, a number of coaches and busses service Polzeath and that area of Cornwall, so it might be worthwhile checking out coach and bus schedules instead.
Where to stay?
Seeing as Polzeath practically expects to have visitors, it is of little surprise that various accommodation establishments have taken root. For any on holidays, spending a night or two in Polzeath would not be too shabby an either, especially considering the absolutely huge amount of things to see.
As usual, there are the standard mixes of hotels, bed and breakfast and self catered establishments offering accommodation at a variety of rates. With the tendency to attract young, would-be surfers, self catered accommodation tends to be extremely popular as it essentially provides a place to lie down and keep the bags when not on a wave.
Also popular among larger groups who plan on staying about a week or more are rentable cottages. Most of these prove ideal for the groups of youths from across the countries that go to Polzeath for the surf. Some families may even prefer such an arrangement for accommodation, as it allows for family holiday in the true spirit of a Cornish village.
No matter what tastes or budget, Polzeath has diversity enough that it can cope with most preferences.
Sun, Sand, and Surf
Of course, everything in Polzeath often seems to circle around its picturesque beach. As it possesses every key ingredient to being perfect when the season is right on a nice sunny day with pristine sands and waves fit to surf on, it is easy to see why it is so. Only during bad weather do the downsides come into play, with the cliffs emerging as a safety threat. Also, on occasion the large surfs and rips can be a hazard to children.
Even non-surfers can enjoy both the beach and, more than that, the several rock pools that are around. Also, every so often dolphins grace the waters and with their playful nature can truly add, or rather, provide the entertainment for the day. If interested, a large variety of coastal birds are easy to spot all along the beach and near the cliffs, and short walks along the coast will not only allow for the appreciation of the divine natural beauty of the area, but may even yield other interesting sights.
Depending on the weather and season, the beach varies in accessibility. For instance, during the spring high tides the beach can very often disappear completely until the water subsides, thus making it slightly less than ideal especially for people on day-trips with limited time. Also, under such conditions and in the presence of storms, even the car park can sometimes be affected, thus caution is advised. All the more reason to stay overnight in one of the hotels, bed and breakfast, or self catered establishments, if visiting during such seasons.
Naturally, due to the constant flow of surfers and holiday makers to the area, many additional services have sprouted that ease the experience. Nowadays, surfing equipment can be rented on the beach itself, including body-boards, wetsuits and surfboards, as desired, and lessons are available constantly. From time to time, even surfing competitions are held.
Places of Interest in Polzeath
Even non-history-buffs would be hard pressed to not want to take at very least the smallest of peeks at the Rumps while on holiday in Polzeath. Atop the Rumps lies a promontory fort that hails all the way back to the Iron Age. Even though as a promontory fort it does not require as many ramparts since it utilizes the sheer cliff face as well, the Rumps boasts a gigantic triple rampart, and a ditch that circles around 6 acres of land.
One fun fact of the Rumps is that the poet Laurence Binyon is said to have written his famous Remembrance Day ode entitled, ‘For the Fallen’, while perched atop the Rumps. However, the most celebrated poet to grace Polzeath was the late Sir John Betjeman, who even included the town in some of his verses, and is buried nearby in St. Enodoc Church.
A whole host of other activities including golf courses, leisure parks, farms and even adventure parks are within short travelling distance of Polzeath as well, making it very suitable as a base of operations even if not all the time should be spent surfing. Staff of the small hotel, bed and breakfast or self catered establishment should be able to recommend locations as well as methods of travel, assuming a car is not available.
In short, whether wannabe surfer, serious surfer, child, adult, beach lover or otherwise, Polzeath has such a variety of beach related activities as well as non-beach related attractions that it should not matter. Admittedly, the beach itself can get crowded during peak seasons due to the sheer number of tourists, but this generally does not adversely impact anyone. Such as it is, few other destinations compare.
With relatively inexpensive prices, Polzeath can really be a great location for holiday when on a limited budget, provided of course that one stays in hotels orbed and breakfast establishments that are cheaper. However, it could be said that a quick trip to Polzeath can end with the visitors going home as wealthier men, all rich in the experience that they obtained.
You can choose from hotels, bed & breakfast cottages, self-catering apartments and caravans.
Seascape Hotel, Longcross Hotel and The Galleon are the popular hotels in Polzeath.
Bed & Breakfast
Trewornan Farmhouse, Longcross Hotel & Restaurant, Porteath Barn, Caradon and Bramble Park are some of the cosy cottages which will offer you bed and breakfast services.
Polzeath has a wide range of self-service apartments and cottages.
The Old Dairy Apartment, Polbilly, Restor, Rockholidays, Rockside & the Studio, Sandspur, Seaweed, The Sun Deck, Surfs Edge, Moyles Farm, Honeysuckle Hill and Breakers & Surfers will happily welcome you.
You can rent out caravans at Valley Caravan Park, South Winds, Tehidy Park, Lundynant Caravan and Tristram Caravan.
At Mothers Kitchen, Surfside, Finns, The Moway, The Hungry Surfer, Saltwater Cafe, The Oystercatcher, The Waterfront Cafe and Carruans Farmhouse, you can savour the clean natural flavours of food cooked from the fresh local catch and garden-grown herbs. Head over to The Waterfront Bar, The Doom Bar and The Carpenter for grabbing a chilled pint.
Perfect sea-side holiday
Polzeath has all the ingredients to make it the “perfect sea-side holiday” destination. You can enjoy the summer beach and surf and even the winter calm and tranquil. Its perfect - all year round